Becoming Catholic

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process, a faith journey, which prepares interested people to become Catholic. It does this through a series of steps and stages. The process takes place in the Catholic faith community and provides experiences and opportunities to grow in faith, knowledge, understanding, and discipleship in Christ.

Find out about the Becoming Catholic

Youth Formation

Young people gather here weekly to experience community, prayer, scripture, tradition, doctrine and service. Each year a number of children/teens celebrate First Reconciliation, Eucharist and/or Confirmation. We also provide a special education program.

Faith Formation classes and SSYM Youth Ministry

Adult Formation

We are on a faith journey throughout our life. Our parish offers numerous adult enrichment opportunities to deepen our faith, spiritual life and service. Adults are encouraged to ‘Rediscover’ their faith.

Find out about the Sessions and Groups for Adults

Grow in your faith

at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

‘Go and Make Disciples.’ We are called to make Jesus Christ known and loved. This involves experiencing the love of God and acting on it. Our various faith formation programs assist parents in their role of helping children/teens experience Jesus’ love for themselves and others. There are numerous opportunities for adult faith enrichment as well. All are welcome.

Share your faith with our children and teens! We invite you to explore your Baptismal call to share your faith. Catechists are needed at all age levels. Support and training are provided. Please contact Katie Gebhard or 763-712-7439 if you are interested or have questions. Blessings to you!

I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not comform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. ~Romans 12: 1-2

Registration Materials for all ages

Some activities require a registration form

Since our programming year is underway, we ask that you stop in the parish office to speak to a member of the Formation Department to register your children/teens.

St. Stephen’s Faith Formation Team


Katie Gebhard

Faith Formation Director, Adult Faith Formation, Parish Mission, Mentor Couples



Emilie Bauer

RCIA (Rite of Christian of Adults), RCIA for Youth, Vacation Bible School


Ann Ridder

Early Childhood Faith Formation (Sunday School), Vacation Bible School


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Elementary Faith Formation, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist


Chantell Haider

Confirmation, Retreats


Troy Bauer

Troy Bauer

Middle School Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, ACTS Young Adult Ministry


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